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SLU Ranks Among Midwest’s Top 25 Universities


Saint Louis University has been ranked among the top 25 Midwestern colleges and universities by Forbes. The website puts together its list of top colleges annually.

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Saint Louis University. SLU file photo. 

Ranked 25, SLU is the only Jesuit school and one of two in Missouri on the top Midwestern college list. The list included both public and private universities.

Forbes bases its rankings on alumni salary, student satisfaction, low student debt load, leadership, on-time graduation rate and academic success. These factors are determined partly by the federal College Scorecard, PayScale data, Niche surveys on professor quality, Forbes’ databases of successful people that includes 30 Under 30 honorees, and Rhodes and Fulbright scholars.

Forbes noted SLU, which celebrated its bicentennial in 2018, as the oldest university west of the Mississippi. A private, research institution, SLU provides $196 million in financial aid annually, with 88% of students receiving some form of financial assistance. About 44% of SLU students graduate without debt each year.

SLU students are encouraged to study abroad at SLU’s Madrid campus or more than 54 other sites. In addition to rigorous academics, SLU offers multiple chances to engage extracurricular activities, including 170 student organizations and more than 500 partner organizations that provide service learning opportunities in the St. Louis areas.